Connolly no longer interested in running for Dems

Two days after he was presented as the likely candidate for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in St James Central, business executive George Connolly seems to have had a change of heart.

It was just last Sunday that Connolly came up for intense grilling from members of the St James Central branch after he was identified as the possible successor to George Hutson, who last won the seat for the DLP in 2008.

However, in terse email message to Barbados TODAY this evening, he informed that:

“I did consider [running for the DLP, but I] informed the constituency that same evening that I had no interest in contesting that or any other seat.”

This after party officials Tuesday reported that Connolly was placed under immense pressure professionally after revealing his political hand.

However, in a bid to reclaim the St James Central seat, which has been held by the Barbados Labour Party’s Kerrie Symmonds since 2008, the DLP has been looking for fresh blood.

During Sunday night’s branch meeting at the Good Shepherd Primary School in Fitts Village, St James, Connolly’s candidacy was therefore openly discussed, with former Minister of Justice and ex-DLP representative for St James South Keith Simmons demanding information on the prospective candidate’s background, while another constituent wanted to know if Connolly could handle criticism, to which he replied it was a part of life.

General council member Dr Kevin Kellman had also demanded to know why Connolly wanted to be involved in politics and whether he loved people.

“My question to you is, do you love people? The reason why I am asking you that is because I as a doctor am in a profession where that is essential. I believe that in order for you to be effective as a doctor you must have a genuine love for people.

“It will show in how you deal with patients and they will speak about it. This is analogous to a politician,” Dr Kellman said, advising Connolly that when voters enter the booth on election day, they vote for candidates to whom they feel connected, not necessarily for policies.

In his continued attempt to get to know Connolly, Dr Kellman continued to pose a number of other questions, ranging from the DLP hopeful’s commitment to the constituency to his vision for the people.

“Are you prepared to sacrifice your interests and put it on the altar to make sure that your constituents get what they want? Are you prepared to go out there come hell or high water and do the hard work that is necessary? Are you prepared to listen to criticism and not take it personally? Are you prepared to go on the block and engage those fellows on the block? Are you prepared to go into the bars and engage the people in there? Are you prepared to give to the people your vision for them, the constituency and by extension the country at large?”

Connolly simply sat and listened while the questions were being fired at him, giving Dr Kellman the last say.

“If you are not prepared to do that, be done with it,” the general council member had warned, stressing he needed answers in order to give Connolly his full support.

A final decision on who will represent the DLP in the western riding is expected in a matter of weeks.

14 Responses to Connolly no longer interested in running for Dems

  1. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke March 8, 2017 at 1:00 am

    He very right

  2. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small March 8, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Hahahahahahahaha he too fast

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 8, 2017 at 2:47 am

    This isn’t the time for young political hopefuls to get on a ticket for the Dems.

  4. Patricia Browne
    Patricia Browne March 8, 2017 at 4:48 am

    He saw the light

  5. Earl Anderson Brathwaite
    Earl Anderson Brathwaite March 8, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Firstly, the man is a party member, who is a businessman, so why they pretending not to know the man. He would have to be nominated by other prominent party members to run for the seat. Why publicize such? All of this is just for them to seem a bit righteous in the media, with their “values “. It’s all marketing. But my belief is that the next election would have been the swift end of this guys political career. Think he realize that. Better to run as a newbie when your party is in opposition.

  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 8, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Those questions to hard to answer. He know that he can’t live up to those questions. That is why he quit.

  7. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco March 8, 2017 at 6:13 am

    No, the guy realised from their grilling, that they are a sanctimonious, arrogant bunch who grilled him about his motives for wanting to represent, while their motives are less than pristine. Nothing is wrong with questioning him to ensure his motives are pure, but I too would dash DEM way if dem grilling me for something they do not possess themselves! Asking the guy if he love people, when by their silence and dismissiveness, they proved that they do not love people! Seems hypocritical

  8. bradg March 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Wow!! That was fastest exit I have ever seen!! Politricks not for everybody

  9. june March 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    He right! Dem getting on loke if Dem care bout people. Steupse.

  10. Lola March 8, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Hehehe, looka trouble. Wait, I thought the candidate was Mr. Robinson; after DEM kicked George Huston to the curb. They have no idea what they are doing or looking for in a candidate. DEM far from ready. Connolly saw the waving red flags and jumped ship. DEMs have 8 branches that need candidates. Wuhlosss!!! Wake up the sleeping GIANT…..

  11. Zeus March 9, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Good move George. got more skeletons in your closet than westbury cemetery

  12. Timothy Thomas March 9, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Watch out for Dr. Kellman. This is visible from a mile off.

  13. gsmiley March 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    lol zeus. yuh right.
    I in know wuh he wus thinking.

  14. harry turnover March 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    “I did consider [running for the DLP, but I] informed the constituency that same evening that I had no interest in contesting that or any other seat.”
    What are you REALLY trying to say ? you did consider that you had no interest ?????????


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